There probably hasn't been a time that there wasn't hunger in America. Like trouble, there always seems to be enough bad news to go around and everyone gets some. Wouldn't it be wonderful if good news could out weigh the bad? I rarely speak out on issues that across my line of vision. I choose to have my blog not be a soapbox for cause, but today my heart tells me "you must speak out". These little bandits are 2 of my grandsons. You've seen them before, happy, well fed and well loved. They don't go hungry.
This is my youngest grandchild, first granddaughter Hailey Marie. She's being held by her godfather, my youngest son. She's well fed, well loved and a happy baby. She doesn't go hungry altho baby formula is over $20- a tin.
This is my sweet youngest grandson. He turned one on the 20th of February. He's well fed, well loved and a very happy smiling baby. He doesn't go hungry. Only one parent is currently working at his house, a combination of choice and of change. Her job ended with the school cutting staff last fall.So far they are managing.
And these are some my far-away grandchildren. I know their parents are stretched pretty thin financially, since Hailey joined the family in July. They have 3 children under 4 years, two in diapers. But the children are well fed, well loved and happy. They don't go hungry.
And to the extent I'm able, I'll make sure none of my grandchildren go hungry. That's what my heart tells me is the right thing. I couldn't feed myself if I thought they were in need.
So here's my soapbox plea, please listen with your heart and maybe not your ears. Many critics are saying that families who need food stamps or food pantry or both are lazy, or undermotivated, or just looking for a handout. And maybe that is true, but should the children be the ones who pay??? Should the children go without food based on a critical comment?
In Elkhart, Indiana, with the closing of DHL industry, many families who formerly provided for themselves, and help others, have become the newest people in need. How painful to go from volunteering at the local food shelves or pantry to standing in line for a bag of groceries. There is NO shame in being hungry, or feeding your children and grandchildren.
Yes, more than one who was interviewed is also providing for grandchildren now living under their roof. As I would, helping provide for my children and grandchildren.
If you have a corp. connection and can offer food donations in large amounts,contact the Feed the Children by going to www.feed the hungry.org. Earlier today 4,000 10 pound bags of potatoes were donated, picked up by the Helping the Children semi and are being delivered to Elkhart, IN. The Feed the Children Foundation will take money, but I'm not asking you to do that. What I would love is to have is a group of loving quilters and bloggers join me and get a bag of groceries to your LOCAL food pantry. Or a cash dontation at your LOCAL level to help the food pantries buy milk and fruit to go with the bags.
In my county in WI, Pierce, we have a government/co. sponsored food shelf. They feed many of our elderly, and as many others as they are able, based on donations. They receive donations from corporations such as Kellogg or General Mills, and goverment surplus such as rice and macaroni. Many donations come in from concerned citizens.
In my valley, we have a local food pantry, run by the churches. You need proof of address, and a pay stub to prove you're local, and we feed many even in our little 1,000 population village.
If you've never donated before, roll up your sleeves and grab a can or two of something you can spare. A cake mix, a box of cereal or a can of tuna. No donation is too small. Based on what we spend to feed and care for our precious kitty friends, how can a person bear the thought of fellow citizens, Americans, faced with the possibility of not being able to feed their children?? I can't and I hope you can't either. Thanks for being there *VBS* Hugs for all, Finn